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20-Jan-2010

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• Commission President José Manuel Barroso made it clear today that it will be the European Commission that will represent EU member states in external action worldwide, barring the CFSP (external security policy), but including economic affairs and all post-Copenhagen negotiations on the climate agenda.

Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the programme of the Spanish presidency, Mr Barroso pointed out that this was the first rotating presidency since the Lisbon treaty came into force and the changes must be implemented.

"We have a high representative, who is vice president of the commission, and at the same time she is president of the council of ministers of foreign affairs," Barroso said, referring to Baroness Ashton.

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15-Jan-2010

By John BUFTON MEP
• 2010 has now kicked off with the introduction of new Commissioners and the opportunity to grill them over the issues that will carry weight over the coming year. I have spoken at length before over EU Cohesion Policy and the Structural funds currently received by Wales. After 2013, funding to the tune of £200 million a year will be stopped. My concern is what sort of arrangements will be made to make sure that funding transition will be as pain free as possible.

A leaked draft document before Christmas revealed plans to cut social and development funding to Europe’s poorest regions in order to afford policies such as Climate Change.
 

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13-Jan-2010

• UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall asked environment commissioner-designate Janez Potočnik (Slovenia) whether he thinks it is presumptious to believe that climate change is man-made, considering the fluctuations that have existed since the remote past, and given that 30,000 scientists have signed a declaration rejecting this antropocentric science.

Mr Potočnik appeared uncertain, but applying the famous 'precautionary principle' his answer was to the effect of 'what if I'm right and you're wrong?'

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12-Jan-2010

• UKIP MEP Gerard Batten has called on all MEPs to reject the proposed commission on grounds of its Marxist and communist elements, including Commission President Barroso's Maoist past, Spanish commissioner Almunia's Marxist connections, former communist apparatchiks from the former Soviet bloc and the past communist sympathies of the new EU foreign minister, Baroness Ashton.


The following is the communication sent to all MEPs (bold in original):


Last month, the European People’s Party pledged to reject any candidates for the Commission who “have been associated with oppressive regimes” or “have participated in non-democratic governments or political movements, or governments or movements that have been tainted by corruption". While I believe that the whole structure of the European Union is anti-democratic in nature, nevertheless such minimum requirements are the least we should expect from those of you who believe in the European Union.

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11-Jan-2010

• UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom questions commissioner-designate Olli Rehn over the Community Reinvestment Act - "a poor piece of social engineering... which suspended the natural due diligence criteria for basic banking... a political decision caused and aided and abetted by the central banks."

Asked whether he was going to learn from the financial crisis created by politicians and central banks, the would-be Commissioner did not seem to have a clue.

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11-Jan-2010

• Hearings of commissioners-designate: UKIP MEP William Dartmouth used his question to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Cathy Ashton to quiz her further over her CND past, pointing out that if her campaigns had been successful, the Berlin Wall would never have fallen, and Eastern Europe would still be under Soviet control. 

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08-Jan-2010

Committee Hearing - Photo: European Commission audio visual unitUKIP MEPs will be among members of the various committees asking questions at the hearings of the Commissioners-designate, starting from Monday, 11 January.

The hearings will be held over a period of seven days with the first five days to be held in Brussels next week, continued in Strasbourg, 18-19 January.

Following these hearings the European Parliament will then vote on the cabinet of commissioners, expected January 26. The commissioners are not voted on individually. The parliament can only approve or reject the whole commission as a body.

The European Commission, as a government of the EU, differs from other governments in that it alone has legislative initiative across the Union.  Moreover, the Commissioners are not democratically elected but appointed by member states. Along with the 25,000 EU civil servants in various Directorates General (the equivalent of ministries), they also represent the executive body of the Europe Union. 

You can view the timetable and other details on the EP website here.

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06-Jan-2010

by Marta ANDREASEN MEP
My first months have been very interesting...albeit somewhat difficult...and it has certainly been a steep learning curve.

As a newly-elected MEP you are thrown into the deep end. Before I had time to figure out the implications of being an MEP, I was "up to my eyes" with membership of the two most important committees in the European Parliament – the Budget Committee and the Budgetary Control Committee.

READ ARTICLE: 'What a learning curve - My first half year as an MEP' by Marta ANDREASEN

 

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28-Dec-2009
UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom is interviewed by Alex Jones (DEC. 28), on PrisonPlanet.TV (infowars.com). 

"We're dealing with a European soviet system," Godfrey Bloom told Alex Jones. "Some of the East Europeans who weren't part of the Communist regime - the ordinary working people in places like Poland and the Czech Republic - are suddenly beginning to realise what they've stepped into... The European Union is totally modelled on the Soviet system - it is not modelled on the United States."

Whole interview on Youtube:

PART 1         PART 2         PART 3         PART 4 
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24-Dec-2009

By Godfrey BLOOM MEP
So Copenhagen is over. A deal to “save the planet” from the ravages of global warming have failed. Meanwhile, in spite of all the hot air blowing in from Scandinavia, almost the entire of the UK has been under a sheet of snow and ice. Some parts of the UK have recorded temperatures as low as -16C.

READ ARTICLE: I’m Dreamin’ of an Un-Green Christmas by Godfrey BLOOM

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24-Dec-2009

UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen recounts her recent experiences as a minority of one in the Budget Committee, whose chairman has shown discomfort at her speeches and expressed his intention to block her actions.

"They can attack me for being 'difficult' and refusing to be part of the consensus, but they cannot attack my arguments which are factual," writes Marta Andreasen on her website.


READ ARTICLE: 'Tough time as a minority of one' by Marta ANDREASEN

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22-Dec-2009

UKIP leader, Lord Pearson speaks to party supporters.

"UKIP is not for lemmings. UKIP is not for sheep," says Lord Pearson. "UKIP is for people who have original minds and who are not bamboozled by the lies that the political class has been telling us for 30 years. Particularly, they have been telling us those lies on our relationship with the European Union, which we now see, with the Treaty of Lisbon, as the final nail in the coffin of our democracy."

WATCH VIDEO ON UKIP.ORG (Duration - 1' 55")

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21-Dec-2009

By Paul NUTTALL MEP                                                                                               
Another year comes to an end with a ‘light’ Strasbourg session where not too much voting took place. However, it was interesting for two reasons: Corus and the budget vote.

On Tuesday, I was given Nigel Farage’s slot and I had the opportunity to put a one-minute question to the Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso. He has one minute to respond, I have thirty seconds to respond to his response and then he has a further thirty seconds to respond to mine. All in all, it takes three minutes. A wonderful exercise in democracy … I’m sure you would agree?

READ ARTICLE:  'Corus and the EU Budget', by Paul NUTTALL

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21-Dec-2009

UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom analyses aspects of Gordon Brown's speech in Copenhagen (DEC. 17) and substantiates why Brown is a "historical nonentity".

"Brown is an empty vessel, a cipher," writes Godfrey Bloom on his blog. "He stands for nothing. Zilch. He shall not be remembered for saving the planet. He won’t even be remembered for trying to save the planet. If he is remembered for anything, it will be for being the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the time leading up to the biggest economic crisis for generations, and the unelected Prime Minister of a nation who signed up to an agreement that surrendered what sovereignty it had not yet given to Brussels."

READ ARTICLE: Brown: a Historical Nonentity, by Godfrey BLOOM

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16-Dec-2009
Leading UKIP MEP Nigel Farage is interviewed by Alex Jones (Dec 16), on PrisonPlanet.TV (infowars.com). 

"We are beginning to see people showing the courage – breaking out of their normal tribal party political lines," Nigel Farage told Alex Jones. "And there will come a point when UKIP will become so big that something will give in our political system. But it's having the willingness to take away from those politcians the one thing they need, which is your vote at election time."

Interview on Youtube:

PART 1         PART 2         PART 3         PART 4         PART 5
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16-Dec-2009

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"By next year, Britain's net contribution will have doubled from what it was in 2008," UKIP MEP Lord Dartmouth said in Strasbourg during Question Hour with Commission President Barroso. "Can the British taxpayer anticipate a further doubling... by 2020?" asked Lord Dartmouth.

"We believe that in some cases it makes more sense to spend a euro at European level than at national level," Barroso said in his reply.

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16-Dec-2009

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The European Parliament's 2010 proposal for a 6% increase over the 2009 budget appears to come from another planet where no financial crisis exists, said UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen in Strasbourg (DEC. 15).

Marta Andreasen was speaking during the second reading of the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2010 as modified by the Council.

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16-Dec-2009

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"Years after we first called for Sikhs to have the right to wear their Kirpans (ceremonial knife) when visiting their elected representatives, the European Parliament maintains its ban", said Derek Clark UKIP Euro MP for the East Midlands.

"This is a gross insult to a law abiding community and is in effect religious discrimination."

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15-Dec-2009

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European Commission President Barroso today urged the head of the IPCC, Rajenda Pachouri, to sue UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall for raising questions over Pachouri's financial links to Tata Steel of India.

Tata, the owners of Corus, stand to benefit from the Carbon Credits scheme which has been pushed by the IPCC. It is expected that the closure of the Corus plant on Teeside will bring windfall benefits of almost $1bn by selling the defunct plant's carbon credits.

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15-Dec-2009
 UPDATE - 2 March 2010:

William Dartmouth meets Michael Turner on his return to the UK and demands the "immediate suspension of the European Arrest Warrants" (Youtube)

Dartmouth welcomes pair back from EAW hell (ukip.org)
Two men freed from Hungarian jail return to UK (BBC.co.uk)


UPDATE - 27 February 2010:

 Mike and Jason released on bail: A Father's Story (Youtube)

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15 Dec 2009

• European Arrest Warrant: the imprisonment of Mike and Jason in Budapest


www.williamdartmouth.com

Follow the case on 'Free Mike and Jason'
Michael Turner and Jason McGoldrick were extradited to Budapest on 02.11.2009 under the European Arrest Warrant for setting up a business venture in Hungary which eventually failed. They lost their own savings of £100,000 and left further debts of around £18,000. They are now locked in a Budapest prison cell for 23 hours a day with no contact with their families and legal representatives. UKIP MEP Lord Dartmouth has issued a press release  (24.11.2009) and staged a protest in front of the Hungarian embassy in London, which ended with a standoff with armed police.

Mark Turner recounts his son's ordeal (Youtube)
William Dartmouth visits the Budapest Penitentiary Institute (Youtube)


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